Throughout the years, we’ve often criticized (and commended) British Harper’s Bazaar for delivering us the same style of cover. More often than not, we’re greeted with English stars like Keira Knightley and Rachel Weisz shot in the British countryside. For August 2021, however, Lydia Slater is serving up something completely different with the unveiling of The Body Issue. Molly Constable and Seynabou Cissé transport us to a sun-drenched beach courtesy of photographer Pamela Hanson. Decked out by stylist Shibon Kennedy in Louis Vuitton swimwear for the newsstand cover (below), the models have fun in the sun while celebrating body positivity.
“I’m sorry to say but the swimsuits on the cover are really quite awful. For a summer cover? I know the magazine is for a woman of a certain age, but honestly, this is just lazy and unimaginative,” discredited Benn98.
“One for the bin before it’s even arrived,” shared tigerrouge.
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“Dang, what happened?” asked SLFC.
“They really have hit a new low, haven’t they? This cover is truly appalling, one of the worst I have ever seen to be honest. For a start, printed logo Vuitton swimsuits, are they serious? On British Harper’s Bazaar?” complained Frederic01.
“On one hand, I’m able to praise the magazine for moving in a different direction, but the outcome is less than pleasing — especially when Pamela Hanson is involved. A real disappointment of a cover…” declared vogue28.
“Awful. Far better shots in the editorial that would have made a really striking cover,” noted honeycombchild.
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